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Where in Canada? If looking in Toronto, your main option is ATI, and they don't pay as well as in the states. You could try a smaller firm like Snowbush consulting, but pretty much ATI is your best bet.
In Ottawa, it's pretty bad. Some nortel people are still looking for jobs there.
Canada is not too rosy for VLSI/ASIC design engineers. Besides ATI in Toronto, there are handful others like Genesis microchip, RIM (Reserch in Motion) and 2-3 others but not hiring much. Ottawa is likewise with much more smaller companies there.
Montreal has Matrox Graphics (almost barely surviving in the tough graphics market).
Vancouver has PLC-Sierra and maybe 2 others. Not hiring.
Your better bet is either California /US or Bangalore India.
for analog design try cambridge ontario companies COMDEV (these people are hiring like mad right now), Rockwell, or ATS (?) in kitchener. in toronto GTA look into aerospace market such as MD Robotics (they were hiring like mad last year).
i get the feeling that job opportunities for junior are non-existant, so hopefully you will be the 1 out of 10 that they need for high level system architect stuff, as everything else is (or is getting) out sourced.
ps. ATI is low pay with very high turn over rate. MD Robotics is the same, but atleast you can learn a lot here. ASIC is also non-existant in canada (am i wrong?)